Investment & Finance

Introduction

Collectively, colleges and universities invest hundreds of billions of dollars. Like other decisions that institutions make, these investments have impacts that are both local and global in scope. Institutions with transparent and democratic investment processes promote accountability and engagement by the campus and community. By using the tools of sustainable investing, institutions can improve the long-term health of their endowments, encourage better corporate behavior, support innovation in sustainable products and services, support sustainability in their community, and help build a more just and sustainable financial system.

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Building a catalyzing collaborative funding process: McGill's transferable lessons

  • McGill University (QC)

Funding is a consistent limit to action toward sustainability in higher education. Last year, students at McGill University took the lead on actualizing the latent potential on campus by establishing ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Implementing a Local Food Fundraiser on your Campus

  • University of Missouri (MO)

This session will provide tools to plan and measure the success of a campus-wide fundraiser. The Local Food for Local People food drive has successfully raised over $1,000 in ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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The Student Green Fee: Lessons Learned from the First Year

  • Bowling Green State University (OH)

The number of universities with some form of "Student Green Fee" are increasing each year. Bowling Green State University joined the ranks of these institutions and just completed its first ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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UCF, an In-House Energy Service Group that Saves Millions

  • University of Central Florida (FL)

The University of Central Florida (UCF) surpassed its goal and decreased its energy consumption by 25 percent per square foot in fiscal year 2008-2009. This saved the university close to ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Ithaca College's New Commit-to-Change Initiative

  • Ithaca College (NY)

Ithaca College's leadership in environmental and sustainability education and operations just got a significant boost with the assistance of a three-year, $500,000 grant from the HSBC in the ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Investment Opportunities

  • College of William & Mary (VA)
  • Responsible Endowments Coalition (PA)
  • RiskMetrics Group (NY)
  • Mercer Investment Consulting (MD)

In the two decades since the South Africa divestment movement engulfed campuses in a debate over what constituted defensible engagement under apartheid, responsible investing has come of age. Mainstream Wall ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Sustainable Capital: Creating a Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund

  • Roanoke College (VA)

One of the major obstacles to making campuses sustainable is high initial costs, which render financing sustainability measures difficult despite the long-term cost savings many projects reap. On several campuses ...

  • Posted Feb. 26, 2016
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Fossil Free Finances: Divestment and College Endowments

  • College of Saint Benedict (MN)

My poster is a summary of the following abstract from a paper titled “Fossil Free Finances: Divestment and College Endowments.” This paper explores the effect colleges and universities have on ...

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Sustainable Investment Professional Certificate

  • Concordia University (IL)

The SIPC program was created by the John Molson School of Business in cooperation with the Finance and Sustainability Initiative (FSI) Montreal in response to the growing interest in sustainable ...

  • Posted Feb. 25, 2016
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Getting Your Green Revolving Fund to Revolve

  • Efficiency Vermont (VT)

In 2011, in partnership with the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI), my colleagues and I led a statewide campaign to promote the adoption of green revolving funds (GRF) at Vermont’s ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Integrating Project Evaluation into Funding Environmental Sustainability at Universities

Initiatives to promote environmental sustainability on American higher education campuses have spurred a wide range of expenditures involving many diverse decision-makers, including new committees led by students serving in short-term ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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How-to Guide: Campus Green Fund Implementation

  • McGill University (QC)
  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)
  • Butler University (IN)
  • University of California, Berkeley (CA)
  • Northern Arizona University (AZ)
  • University of Vermont (VT)
  • AASHE (PA)

Developed in partnership with the Campus Green Funds Collaborative, the Guide outlines best practices and lessons learned in designing, managing, promoting, and evaluating campus green funds and their respective projects ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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The Case for Investing in Campus Sustainability

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)

Whether your college is striving to reach its carbon-reduction goals or is considering divesting from fossil fuel companies, green revolving funds (GRFs) offer a compelling investment opportunity. With a median ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Divestment at Unity College

  • Unity College (ME)

We’ve gotten a lot of deserved attention for our recent fossil fuel divestment announcement. By now there are nearly three hundred (and climbing) divestment campaigns – mostly student-led – at colleges ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)
  • ICF International (VA)

Co-published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) and AASHE, the Guide provides practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college or university. Based ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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STARS Blog: Response on Sustainable Investment among College Endowments

  • AASHE (PA)

Recent research summarized in a Greenbiz blog by Robert Kroop suggests that college and university endowments are no longer leaders in environmental, social, and corporate-governance (ESG) investment. A report from ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guest Blogger: Nine Rules for a Successful Green Revolving Fund

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

Students can be a powerful driving force for campus sustainability. However, student initiatives are often plagued by barriers including funding shortages, resistance to institutional change, and the perception that sustainability ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Funding & Incentivizing Energy Conservation at the University of Texas

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

In February 2011, the University of Texas at Austin's (UT) President Power's Sustainability Steering Committee identified the need to reduce demand-side energy consumption and create new, consistent funding ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Guest Blogger: To Revolve or Not to Revolve?

  • Dartmouth College (NH)

In the last few years, universities have emerged as a hotbed of investment in clean energy and efficiency (“cleantech”). An increasingly popular and innovative tactic for making these investments is ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Greening the Bottom Line 2012

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In collaboration with AASHE and other partner organizations, this Sustainable Endowments Institute publication highlights current trends based on a 2012 survey of 79 green revolving funds (GRFs) at 76 institutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Operational Analysis: Green Grants Program

  • New York University (NY)

This Operational Analysis is an overall description of how New York University's Green Grants Program is functioning, including how well the program supports its stakeholders, grantees, staff and how ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Comparative Analysis of Campus Greening Grant Programs at U.S. Post-Secondary Institutions

  • New York University (NY)

This document compares New York University's Green Grants program with twelve similar campus sustainability granting programs within the United States. It has been prepared as part of an internal ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A Sustainability Fund at Rensselaer: A Policy Analysis and Guide for the Future

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (NY)

The sustainability fund, also known as a green fund, has been introduced at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada in the past two decades as a methodology ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Greening the Bottom Line: The Trend toward Green Revolving Funds on Campus

  • Sustainable Endowments Institute (MA)
  • AASHE (PA)

In collaboration with AASHE and 10 other partner organizations, this Sustainable Endowments Institute publication highlights current trends based on a 2010 survey of green revolving funds that included 52 institutions ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Green Fund Implementation in U.S. Colleges and Universities from 1973-2010

  • Harvard University (MA)
  • University of Vermont (VT)

College campuses across the U.S. and abroad have seen a growth of student campaigns to take institutional action on climate change. The campus sustainability movement, an outgrowth of the ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Student Green Funds: 1997 - 2009

  • University of Texas at Austin (TX)

While all institutions and individuals share an obligation to pursue their daily activities in recognition of future generations under the sustainability concept, institutions of higher education have a unique responsibility ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Raise the Funds: Campus Action Toolkit

  • AASHE (PA)

This is a guide to funding mechanisms for campus sustainability projects and initiatives for students, staff and administrators. It was released in November 2008.

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Interview with Senator Bernie Sanders on Federal Support for Campus Sustainability

  • AASHE (PA)

In late December, the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 was signed into law. The Act included language introduced by Senator Bernie Sanders (VT) that authorizes $250 million annually ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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An optimal investment tool for "greening the campus"

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (GA)

Buildings consume about 40% of total global energy production, and their greenhouse gas emissions and solid waste generation constitute a major part of global environmental impacts. Current "greening the built ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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A Commitment to Climate Neutrality at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: Environmental urgency and financial prudence

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst (MA)

In the past year, the ambitious goal of climate neutrality has exploded out of the higher education sustainability movement, with over 450 schools, including the entire University of Massachusetts system ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Environmental management accounting within universities: current state and future potential

  • RMIT University

Environmental management accounting (EMA) is attracting increased recognition as a management tool that assists in improving financial and environmental performance through enhanced environmental accountability. Various industries have been included in ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Creating a Campus Sustainability Revolving Loan Fund: A Guide for Students

  • Macalester College (MN)
  • AASHE (PA)

This publication describes innovative and powerful mechanisms for financing sustainability projects on campus including energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations. The guide provides step-by-step guidance for establishing revolving loan ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Investment, Green Return

  • National Wildlife Federation (VA)

Colleges and universities across America are sending a powerful message that what's good for the environment is also good for the bottom-line. Green Investment, Green Return: How Practical Conservation ...

  • Posted Feb. 24, 2016
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Green Action Fund

  • University of Colorado Colorado Springs (CO)

The Green Action Fund is a student-initiated, student-funded, student-led committee that aims to reduce the ecological footprint of UCCS. They promote sustainable environmental, social and economic values through student-sponsored projects ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant Program

  • University of Kentucky (KY)

The University of Kentucky Sustainability Challenge Grant program was designed to engage multidisciplinary teams from the University community in the creation and implementation of initiatives that will promote sustainability by ...

  • Posted June 19, 2015
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Centennial Solar Panel System

  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World (DC)

The Centennial Solar Panel System (CSPS), a 17 kW solar photovoltaic array at Northwestern University, is a partner project between Engineers for a Sustainable World and the Northwestern Sustainability Fund ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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The Campus Sustainability Fund at the University of Washington

  • University of Washington, Seattle (WA)

The Campus Sustainability Fund (CSF) is a student-funded and student-led initiative which launched in the fall of 2010 at the University of Washington (UW) with the mission of fostering campus ...

  • Posted June 24, 2011
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Building Institutional Capacity for Sustainability Teaching, Research and Engagement at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation challenge grant of $25 million, awarded to Portland State University in September 2008, was the largest gift in Portland State University's ...

  • Posted June 30, 2010
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Launching the Social Innovation Incubator at Portland State University

  • Portland State University (OR)

The Portland State University Social Innovation Incubator (SII) accelerates the impact of social innovations by addressing the specific needs of a growing cadre of social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs (i.e ...

This tab provides access to data collected through AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS). STARS is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance. STARS enables meaningful comparisons over time and across institutions using a common set of measurements developed with broad participation from the campus sustainability community. Additional content and advanced benchmarking tools will be added to this tab over time.

Programs and Initiatives

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